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Heartbreak for Sligo U18.5s

Sligo 29  – Ballinasloe 31

There was blood, sweat and many tears in Hamilton Park last Saturday, as an epic battle took place between two incredible teams in the Connacht U18.5 Cup semi-final.  After their comprehensive 28-14 win over Corinthians, deemed to be one of the hot favourites, Adrian Mc Hale and his team were under no illusion about what lay ahead for them playing a Ballinasloe team, who were still on a high after the Garbally senior Cup win. 

Donnacha Byrne, nominated for Connacht U18 Player of the Year

The weather certainly played its part, with little or no wind and expectations were high among the large crowd.  Sligo started at a furious pace and it was captain Donnacha Byrne who opened the scoring for the home side, with Hubert Gilvarry adding the extras.  Ballinasloe replied by piling on the pressure from the restart and opening their scoring with an easy penalty in front of the posts. This was quickly followed by another penalty to put a mere point between the sides.  Sligo upped the tempo of the game and dominated for another 10 minutes.  A Hubert Gilvarry try was disallowed for an adjudged knock-on, but the strong Sligo maul, set up Will Whelan to spin off and speed through to score Sligo’s second try.  Gilvarry added the 2 points from a difficult angle and Sligo went 5 points up, with 10 minutes left in the first half.  The home side had their tails up and they continued to play with a new-found intensity, securing ruck ball and going through the phases.  Out half Hubert Gilvarry was alert to every half chance and when the Ballinasloe defence stepped off the side of a ruck, pre-empting the attack from the pack, Gilvarry deftly nipped through the gap and dived over the line to add to his side’s tally. He converted his own try from in front of the posts to bring the score to 21-9 at the half way mark, which is 35 minutes in U18.5 rugby.

The second half was a bruising affair, with big tackles going in on both sides.  The fluid rugby played by the two teams, was a testament to the clubs and their coaching staff and a glimpse of the future of Connacht rugby.  Ballinasloe continued to battle, and possession changed hands several times.  Sligo chose to run the ball out of defence each time and they eventually broke through for their 4th try, when Thomas Fox showed his pace to race down the touchline and score in the corner.  Gilvarry’s conversion curled to the right of the posts to put the score at 26-9, with only 15 minutes left on the clock.

Sligo’s Will Whelan scores his second try, much to the delight of his team mate

The hectic pace of the game continued, and Ballinasloe turned the screws on the Sligo defence.  The visitors kept their heads, pressing the home side, and eventually broke through the Sligo defence to score their opening try. The conversion was good and there was now only 10 points between the teams, with 60 minutes gone on the clock.  Two yellow cards were issued in quick succession against the home side and the numerical advantage paid off for the visitors, clocking up another converted try to put a mere 3 points between the teams with only 5 minutes plus injury time left to play.

Sligo’s restarts had been textbook throughout the game, with Gilvarry adjudging his kicks to perfection and Luke Hogge timing his chase with inch precision, to leap highest and secure the ball in the air for his side.  However, the visitors had grown wise to this tactic and Hogge’s chase was brutally stopped by a cynical block in front of the Ballinasloe dugout. The referee awarded a penalty, but again the visitors escaped being issued a yellow card.  Gilvarry added another 3points to his side’s tally to stretch the lead to 6 points.

The 13 man Sligo, continued to play their hearts out, laying their bodies on the line.  Ballinasloe piled on the pressure searching for the winning score but, the game was now over 5 minutes into injury time. Sligo were penalised again, and the visitors closed the gap to 3 points.  The clock continued to run, and it did not seem possible that there could be another twist in this game, however, a sweeping move through the pacey Ballinasloe backs brought the ball out on the wing and the visitors dived over in the corner to put them 2 points up.  Sligo were returned to full strength and the final whistle still had not been sounded.  One last attack by the home side was on the cards, but the ball was slowed down by the opposition and Sligo were unable to win the penalty, which could have sent them into the final.  With an unbelievable 12 minutes injury time on the clock, the referee eventually sounded the final whistle, breaking the hearts of the Sligo team.

This was an incredible match, played at pace throughout, with the Sligo lads showing great strength, tenacity and teamwork.  They displayed an epic work rate for all 82 minutes of the game, with a high level of fitness very apparent, due to all their hard work and training up and down Knocknarea.  Great credit must go to Head Coach Adrian McHale, Manager Roger Burrows and Specialist Advisors Ross Mannion, James Wilson and Gavin Foley for their dedication throughout the season.  A special thanks to the U18.5s’ parents for all their help and support.

U18.5 Cup Semi-Final

Sligo take on Ballinasloe RFC next Saturday at 11:30 in Hamilton Park. The home side had a comprehensive 28-14 win against Corinthians in their quarter-final and Ballinasloe also had a comfortable 10-25 win against Ballina. This is a huge game for the U18.5s, all support would be greatly appreciated.

U18.5 Cup Semi-Final

Sligo take on Ballinasloe RFC next Saturday at 11:30am in Hamilton Park.  The home side had a comprehensive 28-14 win against Corinthians in their quarter-final and Ballinasloe also had a comfortable 10-25 win against Ballina. 

This is a huge game for the U18.5s, all support would be greatly appreciated.

U16s Topple Table Toppers

Ballinasloe U16s 14 – Sligo U16s 27

Sunday saw Sligo RFC U16s away against League Leaders Ballinasloe. Following on from a home win against Buccaneers and wearing the new club shirts sponsored by Cosgroves Centra Muagheraboy, the Sligo team were up for it.

The game started strong for Sligo with the first twenty minutes seeing Sligo between the opposition 22 and their try line. The pressure was on but a try couldn’t be scored against an impressive Ballinasloe defence and a penalty three points was the only result of Sligo’s initial pressure. Sligo then got back up and quickly scored a try converted. Ballinasloe weren’t holding back and weren’t long scoring their own.

The second half saw a resurgent Ballinasloe but Sligo went to the well, dug in and scored their second try. Again Ballinasloe got up and pressured the Sligo team resulting in their second try too. Ballinasloe didn’t hold back but an intercept saw the bol’ Fionn O’Hehir run from the Sligo 22 right up the length of the pitch with Ballinasloe in tow to score Sligo’s third try converted. Another penalty resultant from Sligo pressure on the Ballinasloe try line, kicked by Oisίn Cregg saw the final result 14 – 27. A great result for the Sligo boys against what was a very tough and skilled opposition and a team who are to be wished the best and whom hosted us well after.

Sligo U16s – team, coaches and management would also like to thank Cosgroves Centra Maugheraboy for the sponsorship of our new jerseys – Thank you Des and Martha!
Next Game Ballina at home in two weeks’ time.

Sligo: Adam Fox, Adam Hunter, Ben Garvey, Brady Lynch, Ciaran Cawley, Ciaran Dolan, Conal Kennedy, Cormac Fahey, Conor Mullaney, Diarmuid Dowd, Eoin Ryan, Evin Ballantine, Ewan Ripon, Fionn Feeley, Fionn O’Hehir, Jim Sweeney, Leo Layden, Liam Candon, Niall O’Connor, Oisin Cregg, Oisin Diffley, Olan Martin, Sean Gilvarry, Sonny Muldoon.

U10s: Aviva Blitz

Sligo U10s competed in the Aviva blitz hosted by Corinthians on Saturday. Sligo RFC were well-represented with two panels and a total of 28 players. Our teams played Corinthians, Galwegians, Buccaneers, Creggs, Ballina, Ballinasloe, Oughterard & Gort. All games ended in a draw (minis rules!) but both teams acquitted themselves very well and matched anything they came up against. Well done to all the players, coaches & parents involved

U14s Connacht Cup Quarter Final

Sligo RFC 15 – Ballinasloe 10 

Sligo U14s progress to the semi-finals of the Connacht Cup after a hard fought win over Ballinasloe on a blustery afternoon at Hamilton Park.  
Sligo scored first after 8 minutes as Alastair Hill barged across the line despite good Ballinasloe tackling. Shortly afterwards Ballinasloe followed with a converted try. The visitors added a penalty score to make it 10-5 at half-time. 

A resurgent Sligo hit back in the second half with a magnificent intercept try by centre Hugo Filan who touched down behind the posts. David Keyes slotted over the conversion. A penalty kick by David from a very tight angle brought the score to 15 – 10 but with 10 minutes to go Sligo were not out of danger. 

With Sligo looking to extend their lead they came close to breaching the strong Ballinasloe defences. In the last 5 minutes the action moved dramatically to the Sligo 5 metre line. The Sligo defences scrambling to repel the attack. Sligo won three scrums on their 5 metre line, one against the head. The tension only ending with the ball being kicked out two minutes after the clock went red. 

This was a disciplined and intent Sligo team. Strong tackling by Ben Cawley, Jack Dennison and Sergey Donoghue helped Sligo relieve pressure on a number of occasions. The forward pack operated as a tight unit with notable contributions in particular from front rowers Teddy Kilgallen and replacement prop Ross Clark. 
Matthew Ryan in the second row and James McDermott in the back row were very much in evidence around the field with big contributions.  

J1A – Ballinasloe v Sligo

Ballinasloe​ 10 – Sligo 2nd XV 27

On a sunny Saturday, with little or no  breeze, the Sligo men’s development squad made their first trip to Ballinasloe and clocked up a comprehensive first win of the season in the Connacht J1A league.
Captain Matt Davey led by example, touching down for one of the four tries, ensuring the bonus point for the away team.  Sligo stalwart Jamie Bowes saw a return to action and his ball-carrying in the second half gave the younger members in the pack great direction,  letting his actions do the talking as always.
As the Sligo forwards dominated in the scrum, Niall Gray then directed play at out-half,  leading to a further three tries by Ross O’ Boyle, Enda Gavin and man of the match David Cawley.
The Sligo coaches were happy with such a dominant performance and the bonus point win.
The team have a week off from fixtures next week but will be back in action at 2.30pm on 19th November when they take on Galwegians at home.
Other weekend results
U16: Sligo 22 – Claremorris 12
U14: Sligo 12 – Buccaneers 15

U15: Connacht Final Report

After a very strong performance from Sligo in the league semi against Claremorris Sligo went into Saturdays final full of confidence. The game was fixed for Ballyhaunis and the Sligo Supporters travelled in large numbers on what was perfect conditions for rugby.

Sligo RFC’s Max King in action v Ballinasloe

Ballinasloe started the stronger with multiple attacks but Sligo defence were up for the challenge with some excellent play from the pack. After 14 mins Ballinasloe did manage to break the gain line to score their first try but fail to convert. Sligo responded with a well worked try from Daire Cregg supported by Louie Scott, Cregg converted leaving the score at 7 – 5 to Sligo. Sligo attacked again but Ballinasloe intercepted the pass which was going to Rowan Elliot and the Ballinasloe no 14 ran 50 meters to score his second try.

Sligo RFC’s Jim Davies going for a try in the semi final win v Claremorris

In the second half Ballinasloe applied a huge amount of pressure on the Sligo defence to score their third try leaving the score at 17 to 7. For the 20 mins Sligo dominated scoring a excellent try by Daire Cregg which was converted by Jim Davies, at 9 mins to go Sligo were 3 behind and had the momentum and Ballinasloe were beginning to tire, unfortunately a few mistakes by Sligo allowed Ballinasloe in for their fourth try leaving the final score at 22 to 14. The Sligo squad performed brilliantly on the day against a very strong Ballinasloe side who have won the Connacht league final for the last three years with this group of players.

Now that the League is over the Cup campaign begins with an away game against the winners of Loughrea V Tuam, where a win would see Sligo come up against Ballinsloe in the second round in Strandhill.

Sligo: Damien Cullen, Ben Millar, Stephen Doyle, Michael Broaders, Danny Funke, Cathal Feely, Diarmuid Brennan, Calum Wall, Max King, Fintan Casey, Joseph Keaney, Louis Scott, Brian Marren, Dáire Cregg, Marc O’Hehir, Finn Young, Liam O’Kelly Lynch, Matthew Blain, Matthew Moroney, Patrick Dixon, Patryk Badowski, Conor McDermott, Sean Hynes, Gavin McGrath, Colm Lang, Mark McGlynn, Matthew O’Hara, Jake McNiff, Sean Hynes, Jack Carroll